Osama bin Laden
2:07 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

Former 9/11 Commissioner says intelligence changes made a difference

Former U.S. Senator from Washington state, Slade Gorton,  says the killing of bin Laden is proof that intelligence agencies in the United States have improved.  Gorton sat on the 9/11 Commission, which investigated the terrorist attacks.

Gorton credits Congress with adopting many of the recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission in 2004. After 9/11,  U.S. intelligence agencies were criticized for failing to prevent the attacks.  Gorton says the killing of Osama bin Laden proves that a lot has changed since then.

“There was a substantial reorganization of all of our intelligence agencies, a better line of communication between them and the President and, I think, under Leon Panetta a more effective CIA,” Gorton said.

Gorton, who is a Republican,  expressed admiration for President Obama and for the "patience of two administrations" that worked to hunt down Osama bin Laden.